Maine holds a special place in the imagination. Its natural beauty is inspiration to artists and writers. Its allure entices millions of visitors every year from around the world.
But the Maine Center for Creativity views Maine as more than a pretty place. The center is part of a ‘velvet revolution’ that’s energizing the state’s economy.
Maine’s ‘creative economy’ is all about innovation and talent – and leveraging them as a vital economic resource for driving industry. It’s about good paying jobs that support industry and services – and improving the state’s quality of life. It’s about the power of creativity benefitting Maine – through unique arts-and-industry collaborations.
The Maine Center for Creativity’s mission is to create projects and programs that promote the arts and stimulate the growth of Maine’s creative industries and professions.
They do this by:
1) Creating high-visibility projects that capture the imagination and foster the art of the possible
2) Creating programming and networking that support people working in the creative industries
3) Stimulating innovative enterprise through regional, national and international connections, partnerships and educational initiatives
We’ve all seen the amazing oil tanks art by the jetport, the result of MCC’s Art All Around program. We’ve read about Glenn Close and David Shaw winning MCC’s inaugural award for their contributions to Maine’s creative economy. Those projects are not nearly all of what MCC does.
Jean Maginnis, Executive Director, and Katherine Greenleaf, Board President, will talk with us about the economic importance of bringing business and the creative community together.